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posted in December 2003
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TECH STOCKS: Quiet End To Solid Year
News  |  12/31/2003  | 
The InformationWeek 100 led the way as the key indexes enjoyed their first winning year since 1999.
Judge Dismisses AOL's Spam Suit
News  |  12/31/2003  | 
A U.S. District Court judge in Virginia says AOL failed to show that Virginia, AOL's home state, had jurisdiction over a group of Florida computer technicials who allegedly aided spammers.
The Future Of E-Mail
News  |  12/31/2003  | 
Ferris Research says that within five years, it will blend with an even wider range of collaaborative functions.
GAO: Procurement Database Has Inaccuracies
News  |  12/31/2003  | 
The investigative arm of Congress says the information in the Federal Procurement Data System is inaccurate and incomplete, perhaps causing hundreds of millions of dollars in buying discrepencies.
Speculation Continues On BEA Systems Takeover
News  |  12/31/2003  | 
The latest report, from Yankee Group, sees Microsoft as a logical suitor
Virginia CIO Could Be Near Top Of Pay Charts
News  |  12/31/2003  | 
$200,000 salary under consideration is competitive with private sector
Mad Cow Scare May Spur High-Tech Tracking
News  |  12/31/2003  | 
It could speed the move to a centralized system that electronically tracks animals as they move from fields to feed lots to stores.
Microsoft Resellers See Better Times Ahead
News  |  12/30/2003  | 
A Microsoft-commissioned survey by research firm SoftwareMinds says the large majority anticipate revenue growth next year.
TECH STOCKS: A Mixed Bag
News  |  12/30/2003  | 
The Nasdaq inched upward while other major indexes, including our InformationWeek 100, fell slightly.
Israel Stops Buying Microsoft Software In Favor Of Open Source
News  |  12/30/2003  | 
In an apparent showdown over price, Israel's government has suspended purchases of Microsoft productivity software and is encouraging the development of an open source alternative.
BEA Bolsters Workshop With New Tools
News  |  12/30/2003  | 
The additions to the development environment are designed to make Java more competitive with Microsoft's tools.
Israel Suspends Acquisitions Of Microsoft Software
News  |  12/30/2003  | 
The government says it will use existing versions of Microsoft Office, but won't upgrade to newer versions and will encourage the development of open-source alternatives.
Visa Meets Holiday Crunch
News  |  12/30/2003  | 
Its VisaNet system handled holiday-season traffic that reached as much as 5,119 transaction messages per second.
Symbol Shakes Up Management, Restates Financials
News  |  12/30/2003  | 
CEO and acting chairman Richard Bravman stepped down from both positions, and the company filed its much-delayed annual report for 2002.
BEA Bolsters Workshop With New Tools
News  |  12/30/2003  | 
The additions to the development environment are designed to make Java more competitive with Microsoft's tools.
Instant Messengers, Media Players Top List Of Apps Used To Access The Net
News  |  12/30/2003  | 
A Nielsen/NetRatings survey says three of four people connect to the Internet by using apps that aren't Web browsers.
Criminals Are Made, Not Born
Commentary  |  12/30/2003  | 
Oracle Adds More Funding For PeopleSoft Push
News  |  12/30/2003  | 
It has negotiated a $1.5 billion line of credit and says it has enough financial resources on hand to close the deal.
From Nigeria With Love...
Commentary  |  12/30/2003  | 
Online Retailers Rack Up Record Holiday Sales
News  |  12/30/2003  | 
ComScore says Internet sales jumped 43% during the six-week holiday season and will exceed $11.7 billion for the year.
Novell's Long-Term Plan For Nterprise Linux Services
News  |  12/30/2003  | 
The venerable network operating system vendor agrees that moving away from NetWare is a good plan.
DoCoMo Makes Big Commitment to Linux, Symbian
News  |  12/30/2003  | 
The big Japanese wireless operator says it will invest $344 million in Symbian and Linux 3G technologies.
MySQL 5.0 Alpha Available For Download
News  |  12/29/2003  | 
MySQL AB released a preview of its latest open-source MySQL database.
EDS Inks Beverage Deals
News  |  12/29/2003  | 
The IT services firm says it has signed contracts worth more than $300 million to perform work for companies in Europe, Latin America, and the United States.
TECH STOCKS: Nasdaq Passes 2,000 As Techs Lead Rally
News  |  12/29/2003  | 
The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index closed over the 2,000 mark for the first time in 23 months.
The Privacy Lawyer: Don't Get Fooled Again
Commentary  |  12/29/2003  | 
Do E-mailed claims sound too good to be true? They probably are.
Security: From Bad To Worse?
News  |  12/29/2003  | 
A TruSecure security study says additional threats from peer-to-peer file-sharing software and spyware could make 2004 even tougher for businesses than 2003.
Groups Promote Recycling Of Tech Gadgets
News  |  12/29/2003  | 
Entrepreneurs and environmental groups are preparing for a surge of old tech equipment that can be recycled.
Study: Home Networking Market Ripe For Change
News  |  12/29/2003  | 
An NPD Group survey says Dell and HP are the leaders in home networking for now, but will have to adapt as the market evolves beyond PC-centric shores.
Microsoft To Pay SPX $60 Million
News  |  12/29/2003  | 
The maker of transformers, antennas, and industrial equipment says Microsoft will pay by Tuesday; a month ago, a jury found Microsoft guilty of misusing some of SPX's software.
Business Spending Drives Tech Optimism For New Year
News  |  12/29/2003  | 
Forecasters are predicting spending growth of 4% to 6% next year, much more than in previous years.
GAO Warns That NASA Is At Risk On Financial Management
News  |  12/29/2003  | 
The investigative arm of Congress faults the space agency for implementing parts of its financial-management program without an enterprise architecture.
SmartAdvice: IT Generalist Background Gives An Edge
Commentary  |  12/29/2003  | 
Those all-around skills you've acquired in a small shop will serve you better than you realize, The Advisory Council says. And, look at middleware when you do a readiness assessment, and reassess infrastructure software before looking at other infrastructure projects.
Report: Orders For Computer Hardware Improve In Late 2003
News  |  12/24/2003  | 
Orders for tech hardware rose 23.7% in September compared with the previous year.
Hiccup In Economic Recovery, But Don't Panic
News  |  12/24/2003  | 
New orders for computers and related products dropped in November, but overall things are still moving in the right direction.
IT Joblessness Declines Slightly In November
News  |  12/24/2003  | 
Computer programmers continue to suffer the highest unemployment rate, at 6.54%.
Information Life-Cycle Management Gets Automated
News  |  12/24/2003  | 
Kichler Lighting is on the forefront of automating the movement of data as it ages to lower-cost storage devices.
Royal Bank Of Canada Takes Business Continuity To The Next Level
News  |  12/24/2003  | 
In building a secondary data center within driving distance of the first, the company is accounting for the fact that individuals don't want to be far from home during a crisis.
Spending To Fend Off Online Attacks Grows In 2004
News  |  12/24/2003  | 
More than half of companies surveyed say they will increase their security budgets over the next three years.
MySQL Nails Bugs In Maintenance Release
News  |  12/24/2003  | 
Open-source vendor MySQL AB issued a maintenance release that fixes a slew of bugs unveiled earlier this month by a study of the MySQL database code.
TECH STOCKS: Only Dow Misses Out On Big Upward Swing
News  |  12/23/2003  | 
Buoyed by positive economic news, our indexes ended higher Tuesday, with tech shares doing best. Trading was light on the last full day of trading until Friday.
CRM Upgrade Giving AT&T Wireless Headaches
News  |  12/23/2003  | 
A new problem is prohibiting some wireless service reps from accessing select records and viewing some GSM/GPRS service customer accounts.
CA Selling Small-Biz Software Subsidiary
News  |  12/23/2003  | 
Best Software is paying $110 million for CA's small-business accounting and CRM products.
U.K. Awards Billions In Health-Care IT Overhaul
News  |  12/23/2003  | 
Two contracts valued together at $3.3B went to Computer Sciences Corp. and Accenture.
New Network To Link Scientists In U.S., Russia, China
News  |  12/23/2003  | 
A new computer network for scientists is the first step toward a 10-Gbyte-per-second link.
Details Emerge About SCO's Copyright Violation Warning To Linux Customers
News  |  12/23/2003  | 
As it lays the groundwork for a potential copyright infringement case against Linux, SCO has sent cease-and-desist letters to select Fortune 1000 companies charging them with illegally using more than 65 SCO-owned Application Binary Interfaces (ABIs) without permission.
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